Senior Nutrition Specialist at WBG, Abuja, Nigeria

Deadline: 3 April 2017

The World Bank Group (WBG) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Senior Nutrition Specialist in Abuja, Nigeria.

WBG has set two ambitious goals to push extreme poverty to no more 3 percent by 2030, and to promote shared prosperity and greater equity in the developing world.

Key Jobs Responsibilities

The Senior Nutrition Specialist will perform the following functions-

  • Promote the integration of nutrition into maternal, child and adolescent health programs and delivery platforms, while ensuring that it takes place within the broader health system strengthening efforts at the country level; and linking to WBGs new focus on “Investing in the Early Years”.
  • Provide technical resources, learning and guidance to address nutrition within the design and implementation of operations across sectors, including through identification of both policy and programmatic barriers.
  • Provide technical assistance to explore the opportunities to support multi-sectoral interventions for nutrition-specific and sensitive actions in existing (and future) investments in the health, social protection, agriculture, education and WASH sectors.
  • Prepare and submit recommendations on project implementation plans to strengthen the design, timeliness, alignment and targeting of nutrition actions, as well as the consistent use of nutrition indicators in the projects results framework.
  • Coordinate closely with the private sector working groups in Nigeria to leverage platforms and partnerships to support nutrition.
  • In consultation with the Global Lead on Nutrition, contribute to positioning nutrition as a critical issue to improve human development outcomes and accelerate poverty reduction in Nigeria.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have-

  • Advanced degree (PhD preferred) in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: public health and/or nutrition, or a closely related field, with minimum 8 years of relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated operational experience working with large multisectoral teams on nutrition issues to design, support the implementation and evaluate the results of nutrition-focused operations.
  • Knowledge/skills in economics will be an asset.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English; some understanding of French will be desirable.
  • Ability to work independently, with initiative and minimal supervision within large teams.
  • Demonstrated grasp of prevalent nutrition challenges affecting countries in Africa and the principal interventions available to control and prevent them, and understanding of barriers/bottlenecks to nutrition policy and programming at country level.
  • Experience/skills in developing costed plans and/or investment plans for nutrition and knowledge of World Bank policies, practices, and operations environment will be an asset.
  • Experience in designing and supporting the implementation of results-based financing approaches to achieve nutrition results will be an asset.
  • Previous experience working in Nigeria or other fragile and conflict affected states will be an asset.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their applications through online process.

For more information, please visit WBG.

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